The 1576 Fund

Sutton Valence School owes its existence to an act of philanthropy, 439 years ago.Sadly, William Lambe's legacy ran out quite quickly after the School was established and since that time, assistance for the payment of fees has come from a bursary fund set aside from fee income.

For some fortunate pupils, Kent County Council Scholarships and the Assisted Places Scheme enabled them to attend the School.  For others, whose parents were not able to afford the fees, if they wished to come to the School, they had to apply for a bursary, which was funded from a very limited ‘pot’.

In today’s School, there is no doubt that the individual care, inspirational teaching and breadth of opportunities offered at Sutton Valence can be life-changing. The Headmaster is, therefore, determined to increase the number of bursaries that may be granted to allow children with potential to attend the School.

The establishment of a dedicated bursary fund, held apart from the School operating accounts in a trust, will not only help more children to benefit from the unique education we can offer them, but release fee income to preserve the School fabric and, most importantly, constantly improve our teaching and learning.

With that in mind, we would be grateful if, having read the brochure below, you would consider giving as much as you can to help conserve the ethos of Sutton Valence School and the breadth of its pupil body.



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